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Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Role With Liberty, Insists He Is "Activist For Equality"

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

WNBA Liberty President and co-Owner Isiah Thomas said that he expected his hiring to be "met with furor because of the sexual harassment trial" in which MSG was ordered to pay more than $11M in damages, according to Marc Berman of the N.Y. POST. But Thomas has told friends for years that he "never f...

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MLS' First N.Y. Derby Draws Sellout Crowd

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NBA Kings' Ranadive Acknowledges Past Mishaps

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Franchise Notes

In Miami, Barry Jackson noted the Dolphins plan to "celebrate their 50th anniversary" this season. Players during the Dec. 14 "MNF" game against the Giants "will wear 1966 throwback jerseys," and will "wear a 50th anniversary patch on their jerseys" throughout the season. The plans also include a li ...

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Cavaliers Apologize For Promo That Drew Outrage

The Cavaliers "apologized Thursday afternoon for a video that has drawn criticism on social media for being insensitive to domestic violence," according to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. In the video, which is a spoof of a commercial by UnitedHealthcare based on the hit '87 mov ...

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Jerry Jones Woos La'el Collins To Join Cowboys

The Cowboys on Thursday signed undrafted free agent OT La'el Collins to a three-year, $1.65M deal, and Owner Jerry Jones "couldn't stop grinning," according to Charean Williams of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. A source said that a team drafting in the top 10 was "prepared to select Collins," unt ...

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Yankees Briefly Acknowledge A-Rod Milestone

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez on Thursday night passed HOFer Willie Mays on the all-time home runs leaderboard, and the franchise "swallowed hard and acknowledged the historic moment, if only for a few fleeting seconds," according to David Lennon of NEWSDAY. Lennon: "Blink, and you would have missed the ...

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Rockies Struggle To Draw Fans

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Does "Deflategate" Tarnish Pats History?

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Pelicans Deny Rumors Of Front-Office Change

Dumars met with Pelicans officials at several Saints road games The Pelicans yesterday "laid to rest, at least for now, speculation" that Louisiana native and Pro Basketball HOFer Joe Dumars "would b ...

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DC Mayor In Touch With Redskins Over Move

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser this week said that she "has reached out to the Redskins about returning to the District, and that the team’s 'heart’s desire is to be in Washington,'" according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Redskins spokesperson Maury Lane last month said the team and ...

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